Damien Garcia, DDS
Dr Garcia graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2010. He relocated to McAllen from California in 2011 and has been practicing general dentistry in the area ever since. He is diligent in his pursuit to stay current in providing the profession’s leading dental care procedures while utilizing state-of-the-art technology, supplies and equipment. He is a current member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. Dr Garcia opened his private practice in 2013. Though he performs all aspects of dentistry, including restorative, implant and cosmetic procedures, he places a special focus on treating children and adults with special needs, anxiety and fear by offering in-office sedation and general anesthesia. In the past, these conditions would often limit the access to preventive and comprehensive dental care or would leave patients no other option except going through the arduous hospital process. Dr. Garcia is proud to be able to offer a safe and comfortable, office based alternative.
Dr. Garcia is married to Dr. Gortari and together they have two children. In addition to spending time with his family and friends, he also enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time outside.
Lisa Gortari, DDS, Diplomate, Board-Certified Dental Anesthesiologist, American Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Dr. Gortari grew up in Northern Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno after earning a full academic scholarship. During her time at UNR, she was invited to work in an organic chemistry synthesis lab. She was part of a published paper and earned a research grant for her work. Dr. Gortari graduated from UNR in 2005, and received the Silver Scholar Award nominating her as the top student in the entire college of Human and Community Sciences. She worked for a year in insurance prior to beginning dental school.
Dr. Gortari graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2010 and continued her education there, completing a residency in dental anesthesiology. As a dental student, Dr. Gortari was awarded the Gold Honor for placing in the top 10% of high scores on both parts of her national dental boards; and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr Gortari also received an award for clinical excellence in patient care. Dr. Gortari provided anesthesia for all surgeries during her anesthesia residency at Loma Linda. Her practice is dedicated to providing anesthesia services for dental treatments and oral surgery.
Dr. Gortari moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 2012 and began working as a dental anesthesiologist, providing anesthesia services for dental patients in the area. She works with children and adults to help ease their fears and provide a safe, comfortable experience for their dental treatment. Dr. Gortari attends regular continuing education classes for anesthesia and dentistry to continue to provide excellent care to her patients. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and family including their pug Lily, and spending time outdoors.
Samantha Champion, DDS
Dr. Champion is a valley native. She was born and raised in McAllen, Texas, and knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. After graduating from McAllen Highschool, she went on to attend the University of Texas – Pan America in Edinburg. During her years at UTPA she spent many hours here at Oasis Family Dental shadowing Dr. Garcia to familiarize herself with dental procedures and the dental office environment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology at UTPA, she was accepted at the University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. She always knew that once she completed dental school, she would return to the valley to give back to community that she is proud to call home. Dr. Champion is a member of the ADA® and TDA. She also holds a Level 1 conscious sedation permit to help her patients be as comfortable as possible during dental treatment. She keeps up with the latest in dental techniques, materials and technologies by attending numerous continuing education courses each year. During her downtime, she enjoys baking and spending time with family, especially her two dogs, Copper and Balto, and her cat, Luna.
Meet Our Team
Our caring team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping you and your family achieve healthy, beautiful smiles for life. We take the time to get to know you when you visit Oasis Family Dental, and work hard to help you feel comfortable throughout your entire visit to our office. Call us today at 956-661-1000 to learn more about our dental services and make your appointment with our dentists in McAllen, Texas. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Jennifer – Office Manager
Jennifer has been with the practice since the doors opened in 2013 as the office manager. She has been working in the dental field since 1998. She feels the best part of working at Oasis is the honesty and integrity of Dr. Garcia and Dr. Gortari. She feels when there is a solid moral and ethical foundation, everything else will fall into place and success will follow. When not at work, Jennifer enjoys hiding out from the brutal valley heat at home watching Seinfeld and Friends, cooking and having family over.
Lexi – Hygienist
Lexi joined Oasis Family Dental in 2014. In 2008, she graduated from Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina with an Associate’s in Health Science Dental Hygiene degree. She furthered her education and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree from St. Petersburg College in 2010. Lexi feels the best part of being part of our team is the type of services we are able to provide our patients. We always strive to make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable at every visit giving our patients the best experience possible. Her hobbies include playing with all her fur babies every day, cooking and trying new recipes and watching the Dallas Cowboys play during football season. She also loves all things beauty and health related. Lexi has truly become a pillar of support within our practice. Her professionalism and commitment to her patients is genuine and unwavering.
Leah – Hygienist
Leah joined our team in 2018 as a Dental Hygienist. She graduated from TSTC Dental Hygiene program in 2015 and is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University. Leah’s work ethic and personality are a perfect fit for our group. She appreciates the technology and organization we have as well as the cleanliness of our office that we are often complimented on by our patients. She believes in treating all patients with kindness and compassion while working quickly yet effectively to help minimize the patient’s time in the dental chair. She loves to sew in her spare time as well as outdoor activities like camping and hiking. In addition, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking.
Priscilla – Assistant
Priscilla joined our team in April of 2014. She is a Registered Dental Assistant, has an Associate’s Degree in Biology and is currently working on getting her Bachelor’s. She takes pride in her job and is always there to lend a hand to her coworkers even during hectic times. She has great patience and enjoys helping new assistants learn the ropes as well. She is married to a wonderful husband and together they have three beautiful children – two boys and one girl. In her spare time she enjoys running, fishing and listening to a wide variety of music.
Evelyn – Assistant
Evelyn joined our team in 2018. She has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2009. She appreciates the family oriented nature of our office as our flexible schedules ensure she has plenty of time to spend with her family and loved ones. Her years of experience help to enhance to the exceptional quality of dental care that we are known for. Evelyn is married to a wonderful husband and has two children – a twelve year old daughter and a four year old son. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, fishing reading new books and spending time on Pinterest.
Ashley – Assistant
Ashley joined our group in 2018 as a dental assisting student. After she completed her required externship hours with us, we saw great potential in her and she became a permanent part of our team. Since then, Ashley has continued to grow her skills and build her confidence in the education and care of our patients. She learns a lot from her interactions with patients and feels a great sense of satisfaction when she is able to help a patient understand proper oral hygiene techniques. She is always eager to learn new things and ready to help in any situation that may arise. Ashley is married and has two young children. She is a homebody and a perfect leisure day for her would be watching movies at home with her family.
Stacie – Assistant
Stacie has been with our team since 2016. She started out as a dental assisting student and we knew right away she would fit in perfectly with us. She has an uncommon work ethic that any office would be grateful to have. Her cheerful, pleasant demeanor brings great comfort to the most fearful patient and her genuine desire to learn and become the best at what she does has helped her excel beyond our expectations. Stacie is happily married and a new mom to a handsome baby boy. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and listening to music.
Johana – Assistant
Johana has been with Oasis Family Dental since the day we opened in 2013 as a Registered Dental Assistant. She was the first person in her family to go to college and keeps her knowledge current by taking annual continuing education courses. Johana is proud of the quality of service we provide and enjoys promoting our practice out in the community and bringing new patients in to the office. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activities.
Rebecca – Treatment & Billing Coordinator
Rebecca joined our team in 2014 as a Receptionist and Hygiene coordinator. Since then, she has moved on to become our Treatment and Billing Coordinator. Rebecca is part of our well-oiled machine and does her part by calmly and clearly explaining, often complex treatment needs, to our patients with the utmost patience and empathy. She uses her intelligence, guided by experience, to help most patients overcome the barriers that stand between them and their oral health goals. She also appreciates that the doctors always put the patient’s best interest first, oftentimes, even ahead of their own. In addition, the family friendly nature of the practice has allowed her to have plenty of time to spend with her husband and two children as well as watching movies; which is her favorite pastime.
Melissa – Reception & Hygiene Coordinator
Melissa joined our team in 2018 as our Receptionist/Hygiene Coordinator – she is the first friendly face you will see when you walk through our front door. She graduated from Kaplan College in 2012 with a Certification in Dental Assisting. She is the youngest of four children and she is the aunt to several nieces and nephews. Melissa appreciates the friendly work environment and the doctor’s determination to create that perfect smile. In her spare time she enjoys going to rock concerts, listening to music, keeping up with the latest in beauty and skin care, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Lucy – Treatment Coordinator
Lucy joined our team in 2017 as our Treatment Coordinator. Being an experienced Registered Dental Assistant has allowed her to excel in her role with us. Her knowledge of the actual clinical procedures allow her to clearly, thoroughly and confidently explain to patients the treatment they need and why. In addition, she is always willing to come in early to open the office or stay late if it means being able to accommodate a patient’s busy schedule. Lucy feels that our practice has allowed her to grow as a person, professionally and emotionally through the relationships she has formed with her coworkers. Being part of a group of people that is as caring and supportive of each other as ours is, is what makes the success of our practice possible. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys knitting, bike riding and spending time with her husband, Jorge.
Shaina – Billing & Insurance Coordinator
Shaina joined our team in 2018 and is our Billing and Insurance Coordinator. She is a graduate from the University of Texas Pan-American. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations/Advertising. She has been in the dental field since 2011 and joining our team has given her the opportunity to expand her dental knowledge outside of the pediatric side. She is proud of the high quality dental care we provide our patients and Shaina has been nothing but reliable, professional and dependable since she has been with us. In addition, Shaina has a passion for the fitness world. She is a four time NPC competitor, both in bikini and figure. She takes pride and joy in helping others discover and achieve their fitness goals. She is in the process of getting re-certified as a NASM personal trainer.